Call the Midwife fans devastated after shock death in season 12 finale

Helen George in a white robe as Trixie is hugged by Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane, Christopher Harper as Geoffrey, Laura Main as Shelagh and Francesca Fullilove as Collette in Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife fans went on a rollercoaster of emotions as the season finale aired. (Image credit: Neal Street Productions / BBC)

Call the Midwife fans have been left devastated after the season finale sent them on a rollercoaster of emotions following a shock death that came just as Trixie Frankin tied the knot with Matthew Aylward. 

Fans of the much-loved series are used to the fact the final episode of each season sees shock twists heading for Poplar. The Call the Midwife Season 11 finale last year saw a shock train crash, and now Call the Midwife season 12 has also gone out with a bang. 

Viewers have been waiting months to see Trixie (Helen George) get her happy ever after since Matthew got down on one knee and proposed in the Call the Midwife Christmas special 2022... and on Sunday (February 26) night UK fans saw the pair finally get married. 

Olly Rix in a morning dress and Helen George in a wedding dress stand in front of a vicar in the church in Call the Midwife.

Trixie and Matthew tied the knot in an emotional ceremony.  (Image credit: Neal Street Productions / BBC)

But while viewers cried happy tears watching Trixie get married despite a long list of wedding-day dramas that threatened to ruin her big day, there were also tears of sorrow as a sad death hit Poplar.

As all our Nonnatus House favorites headed to the church to watch Trixie become Mrs. Alyward, Shelagh Turner, Dr. Patrick Turner and their son Timothy (Max McMillan) raced to catch up with them after being delayed attending to a drama with a new mother.

Dr Turner and Shelagh attend a expectant mother in Call the Midwife season 12 finale.

Dr Turner was forced to perform a c-section in the street after the expectant mother suddenly died.  (Image credit: BBC)

However, disaster soon struck as they drove to the wedding when an expectant mother was involved in a car crash on the way to the maternity ward. 

In devastating scenes, fans watched as Dr. Turner declared mum-to-be Lizzie dead as soon as she was dragged from the smoking car and was forced to perform an emergency c-section in the middle of the road to save her unborn baby.

Fans were in floods of tears at the shock twist and took to social media to share their rollercoaster of emotions...

Call the Midwife will return with a Christmas special for 2023 as well as season 13 in 2024... the show has also been commissioned for a further two seasons, meaning there is plenty more drama from our Nonnatus House favorites to come. 

In the UK you can now stream all episodes of Call the Midwife season 12 as well as past seasons on BBC iPlayer. 

In the US, Call the Midwife season 12 will premiere on Sunday, March 19, 2023, on PBS with new episodes being released each following Sunday at 8/7c until  June 6. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

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